Saturday, December 10, 2005


Olympus IR-500: review

David D. Busch has reviewed the Olympus IR-500 digital camera. The Olympus IR-500 wants to be the iPod of digital cameras: cool, convenient, and especially versatile is playback mode.

The good:
- Excellent playback capabilities
- lots of scene modes
- large
- versatile
- high-resolution LCD

The bad:
- no tripod socket
- few manual controls
- limited zoom range

Read more at cnet

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Creative Zen Vision:M

Creative announced their newest MP3-player with HDD. The Zen Vision M looks a bit like Apple's iPod but the Zen Vison M is the ultimate player for people who want to enjoy music and movies on the go. It offers the ergonomic design of Creative's Zen family and supports popular music, video and photo formats. You can chose out of 5 colors.

- Stylish design is compact (104x62x18.9mm) and tactile, with textured finish and smooth contours
- 30GB hard disk stores up to 15,000 songs (Based on four-minute songs at 64kbps in WMA) or 120 hours of video
- 2.5-inch (51x39mm) color screen displays images at 320x240, ensuring high quality
- Supports audio formats WMA (with DRM), MP3, WAV; video formats MPEG (1/2/4), DivX, XviD, WMV
- Output to TV via optional AV cable
- Supports photo zoom & customisable menu
- View digital photos and album art JPEG (BMP / GIF / PNG / TIFF)
- Customisable Shortcut Button
- ZEN vertical touch pad control
- FM radio & recorder
- Works with subscription, pay-per-download music and video services
- Syncs with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar & Tasks
- Up to 14 hours of continuous audio playback, 4 hours of continuous video playback4

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Samsung SGH-d357 push-to-talk phone

Samsung announced the availability of the SGH-d357, Cingular Wireless' premiere product for its highly anticipated Push To Talk service launch. The d357 offers consumers "walkie-talkie" style communication, for quick and easy connectivity in an attractive and multi-functional device. Enhancing productivity, the d357's Push To Talk feature allows users to connect to one person, or to a group of people, instantly with the touch of a button. With the phone's Bluetooth wireless technology, users can pair with or exchange data wirelessly between the phone and a Bluetooth-enabled computer, PDA or Samsung Bluetooth headset.

Mobile executives who rely on technology to provide instantaneous connectivity to their office or co-workers will find that the d357 includes multiple integrated technology features in a sophisticated form factor. Equipped to act as a wireless modem device to connect to a laptop, the d357 allows users to surf the Web and check e-mail, all while traveling from one meeting to the next. With the d357's advanced voice recognition technology, users can speak phone numbers to dial, as well as launch applications, hands-free.
Features of the d357 include:

Features of the d357 include:

- Push To Talk Capabilities
- Bluetooth® wireless technology support:
* Profiles supported: headset, hands-free, file transfer, dial-up networking
Advanced voice recognition solutions, including:
* Speaker independent message addressing, name dialing, name lookup, digital dialing, check status and application launch commands
- POP3/IMAP4 email
- AOL, ICQ and Yahoo! Instant Messaging
- Internal Display: 262K-color TFT; 128 x 160 pixel
- External Display: 4 Grey Scale; 96 x 96 pixel
- Weighs 3.0 ounces; Measures 3.3 x 1.85 x 0.94 inches
- MP3 ringtones and 64 note polyphonic ringtones
- T-9 easy text entry
- Wireless Internet access
- Wireless modem capable
- Java support
- Tone, image and ringer download
- Integrated games
- Trilingual user interface: English, Spanish and French
- Personal information manager - Calendar, calculator, alarm clock, to do list, currency converter, world time
The d357 is available at Cingular Wireless retail stores, in select markets throughout the U.S., at the special introductory price of two for $99.99. For more information visit

Monday, December 05, 2005


Plextor launches Dual-layer USB DVD recorder

Plextor today announces a new DVD-ReWriter drive; the company's first portable DVD recorder drive, the PX-608U. Reflecting the consumer trend for highly portable and stylish units, the PX-608U comes in an attractive silver design and is one of the slimmest and lightest drives on the market.

Plextor PX-608U

As well as extending Plextor's optical product line of internal and external DVD writers, the PX-608U complements Plextor's latest range of stylish, silver portable hard disk drives. The high performance PX-608U is not only compact, measuring just 22.2 mm thick, but it offers double layer DVD+/- writing, multi-format DVD-RAM capability and high-speed USB 2.0 data transfer. It is capable of the following DVD speeds: 4x DVD+/-R DL; 8x DVD+/-R; 8x DVD+RW; 6x DVD-RW and 5x DVD-RAM.

Prices and availability

The Plextor PX-608U will be available from December 2005 at Plextor's network of dealers.

A comprehensive range of full and trial software is included from: Plextor (PlexTools Professional & PlexTools Professional XL), Cyberlink, Nero, Pinnacle and Sonic.

Positioning: Portable DVD-rewriter
Interface: USB 2.0/1.1
Loading mechanism: Tray
Buffer size: 2 MB

Writing speed DVD/CD
DVD+R DL / DVD-R DL: 4x / 4x
DVD+R / DVD-R: 8x / 8x
DVD+RW / DVD-RW : 8x / 6x
CD-R: 24x
CD-RW: 24x

Reading speed DVD/CD
CD-ROM: 24x

Buffer Underrun Proof Technology
PlexTools Professional
PlexTools Professional XL (trial) Extra black bezel included

Neuros 442: review

Adam Z. Lein has reviewed the Neuros 442 PMP. If you're going to use it for watching movies and videos away from home,Great stuff, he says.

The good:
- Terrific video playback
- 40 GB hard disk
- Digital Video Recorder capabilities
- A/V out port
- USB 2.0 high speed file transfer
- Upgradeable and customizable operating system

The bad:
- No auto-syncing capabilities with Windows Media Center
- Poor user interface for navigating large libraries
- Difficult and time-consuming process for converting videos
- No OGG Vorbis support
- Screen only QVGA
- No external speakers

Read more at pocketnow

Philips HDD6330: review

Diabolikal has reviewed the Philips HDD6330. It's great player, which can hold and play your music, allow you to listen to the radio and view pictures, they say.

The good:
- stylish
- beatifully designed player
- FM radio
- great voice recording

The bad:
- navigating menus lags occasionally during playback
- some bugs in the firmware
- Navigation can take some getting used to (2-3 day learning curve; but it's easy to use after that).

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Disney Electronics Mix Stick: review

Rick Broida has reviewed the Disney Electronics Mis Stick. This mp3-player looks cute and has more features than you'd expect, he says.

The good:
- colorful
- kid-friendly
- can play protected WMA files
- available in four designs
- convenient plug-in-style design
- memory expansion slot to complement the built-in 128MB of memory

The bad:
- mediocre sound quality
- earbuds that are not suitable for small people
- noLCD or a hold switch
- the wide design makes for a difficult fit in some USB ports.

Read more

Nokia N92

Engadget has hands-on on Nokia's N92.

There’s no denying that this is one big handset (you’ve got to squeeze that digital TV tuner in there somewhere) and the keypad is not so hot, but they definitely delivered on the mobile TV experience.

You can read this article over here.

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